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Our Programs Have New Names!

Over 22 growing seasons, we have changed and made our communities stronger.
 
The Food Project’s programs have changed too. We added two programs that increase youth engagement beyond the summer months and we are always creating new learning opportunities.
 
Now we are writing to tell you of another exciting moment in our youth work.
 
The Food Project programs have been renamed! They are now:

  • Seed Crew: (formerly known as Summer Youth Program or SYP)

The DNA of change: explosive potential, strength in diversity; the starting point of growth. Seed Crew is a seven week summer opportunity for youth to grow produce on urban and suburban farms while developing civic engagement and teamwork skills in a diverse setting.

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Youth and Staff Shine at Urban Ag Conference

Northeastern University held its 2nd Annual Urban Agriculture Conference earlier this month. Current Root Crew member Zeke and urban growers Danielle Andrews and Robyn Burns represented The Food Project on panels on youth and urban farming, season extension techniques, and branding city farms. Here's a snapshot of what we said and did. 

 

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How Do You Make It “Sticky”?


As the room filled with strangers from around the country, Cassi and Zeke, both high school seniors who are also Root Crew members with The Food Project, got up to lead.

It was the first day of The Food Project’s Winter Institute, a three-day training held on February 6-8 for other organizations, and Zeke kicked things off. “Think of a word that’s most important to you. Come up to the board, write the word and tell us why. I’ll start.

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The Farm Bill and the Farmers Market

How the 2014 federal farm bill cuts out low-income families


The Food Project’s Lynn Central Square farmers market has one of the highest rates of SNAP/EBT and WIC and senior coupon usage for purchasing fresh produce in the state of Massachusetts.

Unfortunately, in a time of increasing inequality in pay and ability to access to fresh food, the farm bill passed by Congress earlier this month delivers a serious blow to the number and purchasing power of low-income families and seniors who will be able to receive these benefits to shop at our local farmers markets.

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Youth Reflect on Giving Their First Workshop

The most experienced youth at The Food Project work hard throughout the year to hone their public speaking and facilitation skills in order to present workshops. Part of this process includes giving a "Levels of Oppression" workshop to younger youth participants.

Recently, youth interns from our North Shore region gave their first such workshop. Afterwards, they reflected on what it all meant. Here is what they had to say. 

 


Adesuwa, 17, Lynn, MA

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On MLK day, with friends of different races


MLK Day is always extra special for us as it gives us an opportunity to participate in a community wide day of service, reflect on what it all means, and focus on one of our key values-- honest discussions about race, class and diversity.

This year, the weekend before MLK Day, 57 Dirt and Root Crew members gathered at winter retreats to do just that. The retreats were a mix of work and play, and a chance to check highlights and plan for the future. See our short highlight reel! 

 

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"A Reason to Smile"

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"A Reason to Feel Proud"

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"Why I Give to The Food Project"

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An ABCD TV Appearance!


On Friday, October 11, The Food Project Executive Director Selvin Chambers and The Food Project Intern Baie Rogers appeared on the Boston Neighborhood Network of ABCD-TV. As part of the "Community Taking Action" programming, Chambers and Rogers spoke on our youth programs, touching on The Food Project's core ideas of building leaders, increasing food access, and creating a safe place in which youth feel they can address issues of inequality and social justice. Rogers is from Marblehead, MA and joined The Food Project in the 2011 Summer Youth Program and is now in her third season. She also spoke on the subject of "Food" at our 2nd Annual Gala on September 10. To hear more, watch the video below!

 

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